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Monday, August 2, 2021

California tells public to prepare for heatwave, power prices rise

The California power grid operator has told the public to prepare next week to save energy if needed as homes and businesses push up their air conditioners to escape a brutal heat wave.

Power prices across the American west have already risen to their highest level since the freezing point of February when natural gas pipelines and wind turbines froze in Texas, leaving millions without power.

The ISO of California, which operates the state’s power grid, said in a statement: “It is still too early to know the exact impact that the high temperatures will have on the power grid next week.”

The ISO said it would notify the public if it needs to take steps to reduce electricity consumption, including a call for public conservation and if the network is severely stressed and the interruptions could turn around.

Last summer, a heat wave in August forced California utilities to impose spin-offs that left more than 400,000 homes and businesses without power for up to 2-1 / 2 hours when energy supplies were low.

High temperatures next week will reach the low 90-degree Fahrenheit in Los Angeles on Monday-Wednesday, which according to AccuWeather’s forecasts is about 20 degrees higher than the normal high for this time of year.

The group responsible for electrical reliability in North America has already warned that California is the U.S. region that has the greatest risk of power shortages this summer as the state increasingly relies on volatile energy sources such as wind and solar power.

Power traded Friday for Monday rose to $ 151 per megawatt hour in Palo Verde, Arizona, and to $ 95 in SP-15 in Southern California, the highest since freezing in February. has.

Epoch Times staff contributed to this report

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